Scientific Advisory Committee - Bill Nelson

Each year, the V Foundation Wine Celebration hosts a Cancer Research Symposium, where world-class researchers present cutting-edge information to the general public.

Led by Chair of the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee, Dr. Bill Nelson, the symposium offers attendees the opportunity to connect with researchers from every cancer specificity, in a Q & A session that allows attendees to have their questions answered by the experts.

The V Foundation awards competitive grants through a process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee is comprised of the nation’s top doctors and scientists. Many of the researchers who have been awarded grants in years past return to share their valuable findings.

Types of Grants

The V Scholar Grant is a two-year grant of $100,000 per year. It supports young tenure-track faculty early in their cancer research careers by funding projects that are either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational research. Check out our map of all V Scholar Grants funded by the V Foundation.

The Translational Grant is a three-year grant of $200,000 per year. These grants support “bench to bedside” research, whose endpoint is often planning or initiation of a clinical trial.
The Designated Grant supports basic or translational research at research institutions that may reach beyond our usual grant list. The size and duration of these grants vary widely depending on the initiative, but they have ranged from $50,000 to over $1 million.
Mission grants support projects within the focus of the V Foundation to advance research processes such as clinical trial identification, outreach, and enrollment. The Mission Grant is a smaller grant type (under $100,000 per year).

virtual answer for cancer symposium

Behind the V - AFC Symposium 2020
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Join the experts on the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee and V Scholars as they discuss the current advances in cancer care during the time of COVID-19, and why now more than ever, funding cancer research is so critical. 

Hosted by Dr. Bill Nelson, Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and moderated by SportsCenter Anchor Sage Steele, the first ever virtual Answer for Cancer Symposium premiered on Saturday, August 8, 2020.